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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 4, 2009 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: donna

" When she could hear herself , she was fine "

no offense but that has become such a cliche excuse. If you listen to the tapes like they did you dont need to be a genius to hear the total screaming coming back into playin. How exactly would that sound good in any context? Of course I'm one of the few that likes it only because i can identify with the total estatic climax of the jam coming back into the song. Now Scarlet on the other hand? just plane painful to hear those early tight arrangents jump the track with all the wailing

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 4, 2009 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: donna

It seems like she did better in the quiet parts, but you are right , those beast like screeches in Playing, and the "vocalise" in Scarlet ... For what she added to the band, she seemed more like " extra luggage" most of the time , especially in the jam heavy period 72-74 .
Hearing yourself on stage, in a loud Rock setting is not always easy, not everyone can do it . The Dead developed their monitor systems, to try to deal with this difficulty . One must have GREAT respect for the Beatles , when you listen to those live shows , no monitors, and LOUD screaming girls, and yet they are still in tune !
Poor Donna ... maybe with the "in ear" system ? But sometimes you wonder , what the fuck were they thinking ?

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